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This seriocomic adaptation of Mordecai Richler's award-winning 1997 novel stars Paul Giamatti as Barney Panofsky, who meets the great love of his life, Miriam (Rosamund Pike), at the most inopportune time imaginable: his marriage to his second wife (Minnie Driver), a wealthy Jewish princess and compulsive shopper. Narrated by Barney as a confessional, the film covers 30 years of his unusual journey -- from his first marriage to the chronically unfaithful free spirit Clara (Rachelle Lefevre) and their life in Italy together, through his third marriage to Miriam, with whom he has two children. Standing in the wings is Barney's father, Izzy (Dustin Hoffman), who continues to stick by him as his loyal right-hand man. Through it all, Barney experiences numerous highs and lows, but manages to consistently surprise everyone with unforeseen acts of altruism and kindness that turn him into the quintessential modern hero. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:January 14, 2011


Awarded by
Genie Awards Michael Konyves Best Adapted Screenplay 2010 Nominee
Genie Awards Micheline Trepanier Best Makeup 2010 Winner
Genie Awards Nicoletta Massone Best Costume Design 2010 Winner
Genie Awards Pasquale Catalano Best Original Score 2010 Winner
Genie Awards Adrien Morot Best Makeup 2010 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Adrien Morot Best Makeup 2010 Nominee
Genie Awards Dustin Hoffman Best Supporting Actor 2010 Winner
Genie Awards Minnie Driver Best Supporting Actress 2010 Winner
London Film Critics Association Minnie Driver Best British Supporting Actress 2010 Nominee
Genie Awards Paul Giamatti Best Actor 2010 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Paul Giamatti Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2010 Winner
London Film Critics Association Rosamund Pike Best British Actress 2010 Nominee
Genie Awards Rosamund Pike Best Actress 2010 Nominee
Genie Awards Richard J. Lewis Best Director 2010 Nominee
Genie Awards Claude Pare Best Art Direction/Production Design 2010 Winner


Paul Giamatti
as Barney Panofsky
Dustin Hoffman
as Izzy Panofsky
Rosamund Pike
as Miriam Grant-Panofsky
Minnie Driver
as 2nd Mrs. P.
Rachelle Lefevre
as Clara
Scott Speedman
as Boogie
Bruce Greenwood
as Blair
Macha Grenon
as Solange
Jake Hoffman
as Michael Panofsky
Mark Addy
as Det. O'Hearne
Saul Rubinek
as Charnofsky
Thomas Trabacchi
as Leo
Clé Bennett
as Cedric
Harvey Atkin
as 2nd Mrs. P's Father
Massimo Wertmuller
as Rome Doctor
Howard Jerome
as Uncle Irv


Richard J. Lewis
Robert Lantos
Michael Konyves
Guy Dufaux
Liz Gallacher
Musical Direction/Supervision
Pasquale Catalano
Composer (Music Score)
Susan Shipton
Claude Pare
Production Designer
Ari Lantos
Lyse Lafontaine
Domenico Procacci
Mark Musselman
Executive Producer
Nicoletta Massone
Costume Designer
Claude La Haye
Sound/Sound Designer
Dierdre Bowen
Pam Dixon
Nina Gold
Adrien Morot
Hair Styles
Adrien Morot
Makeup Supervisor